shēn to extend; to state; to explain

Made up of [ tián field radical 102]


Originally a picture of a bolt of lightning but became a 'field' with an extended central line - hence concept of 'extend'

Related characters

Using tián : nán (male) léi (thunder) māo (cat) lǐ (inside) mǔ (area) fú (good fortune) fù (rich) jiǎ (first in list) lèi (tired) huà (to draw) sī (to think) dài (to respect)

Sounds same

shēn (body)

Different tone

shén (god) shén (what)

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stroke order for 申
Stroke order for character 申, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license



Along with many other things the Chinese lay claim to the invention of the kite. Kite flying remains very popular in China and many can be seen flying in public parks. In the past they have been used for military purposes but fishing is probably the most ancient use.
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